Muslims and Crusaders Book

Muslims and Crusaders


  • Author : Niall Christie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-04-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351007344

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Muslims and Crusaders Excerpt :

Muslims and Crusaders combines chronological narrative, discussion of important areas of scholarly enquiry and evidence from Islamic primary sources to give a well-rounded survey of Christianity’s wars in the Middle East, 1095–1382. Revised, expanded and updated to take account of the most recent scholarship, this second edition enables readers to achieve a broader and more complete perspective on the crusading period by presenting the crusades from the viewpoints of those against whom they were waged, the Muslim peoples of the Levant. The book introduces the reader to the most significant issues that affected Muslim responses to the European crusaders and their descendants who would go on to live in the Latin Christian states that were created in the region. It considers not only the military encounters between Muslims and crusaders, but also the personal, political, diplomatic, and trade interactions that took place between the Muslims and Franks away from the battlefield. Engaging with a wide range of translated primary source documents, including chronicles, dynastic histories, religious and legal texts, and poetry, Muslims and Crusaders is ideal for students and historians of the crusades.

Islam s War Against the Crusaders Book
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Islam s War Against the Crusaders


  • Author : W B Bartlett
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release Date : 2008-12-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780752496566

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Islam s War Against the Crusaders Excerpt :

The Crusades continue to exert a fascination in the West as a story of perceived gallantry and battles against impossible odds. Yet what is less often considered is their effect on the Holy Land, and in particular the response of the Muslim world to the invasions of European Crusaders. In this book, W. B. Bartlett, author of four books on the Crusades, looks at these great events from the Muslim point of view. One of the effects was to unite a previously divided Islamic world against a common enemy. In the process, they gave an unstoppable impetus towards the declaring of jihad against the West, a holy war against Christendom. They also helped to shape the careers of some important figures, most notably Saladin, but also other great men like Sultan Baibars and Nur al-Din. The rise of these great leaders is traced in this book, as are the many great battles that were fought by men just as devoted to their cause as the Crusaders were.

Crusade and Jihad Book

Crusade and Jihad


  • Author : William Roe Polk
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 632
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300222906

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Crusade and Jihad Excerpt :

Encompasses the entire history of the catastrophic encounter between the Global North--China, Russia, Europe, Britain, and America--and Muslim societies from Central Asia to West Africa, explaining the deep hostilities between them and how they grew over the centuries. --Adapted from publisher description.

Islam s War Against the Crusaders Book
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Islam s War Against the Crusaders


  • Author : W B Bartlett
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release Date : 2008-12-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780752496566

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Islam s War Against the Crusaders Excerpt :

The Crusades continue to exert a fascination in the West as a story of perceived gallantry and battles against impossible odds. Yet what is less often considered is their effect on the Holy Land, and in particular the response of the Muslim world to the invasions of European Crusaders. In this book, W. B. Bartlett, author of four books on the Crusades, looks at these great events from the Muslim point of view. One of the effects was to unite a previously divided Islamic world against a common enemy. In the process, they gave an unstoppable impetus towards the declaring of jihad against the West, a holy war against Christendom. They also helped to shape the careers of some important figures, most notably Saladin, but also other great men like Sultan Baibars and Nur al-Din. The rise of these great leaders is traced in this book, as are the many great battles that were fought by men just as devoted to their cause as the Crusaders were.

The Crusaders in the East Book

The Crusaders in the East


  • Author : W. B. Stevenson
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-12-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 402
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107669093

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The Crusaders in the East Excerpt :

This book provides a history of the political relations between the states founded by Crusaders and the Islamic states with which they waged war.

Islam Through Western Eyes Book

Islam Through Western Eyes


  • Author : Jonathan Lyons
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231158954

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Islam Through Western Eyes Excerpt :

Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox News and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford. In Islam Through Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, conducting a careful analysis of the West's grand totalizing narrative across one thousand years of history. He observes the discourse’s corrosive effects on the social sciences, including sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, international relations, security studies, and human rights scholarship. He follows its influence on research, speeches, political strategy, and government policy, preventing the West from responding effectively to its most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Through the intellectual "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons reveals the workings of this discourse and its underlying impact on our social, intellectual, and political lives. He then addresses issues of deep concern to Western readers—Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women—and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.

Encountering Islam on the First Crusade Book

Encountering Islam on the First Crusade


  • Author : Nicholas Morton
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107156890

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Encountering Islam on the First Crusade Excerpt :

A fundamental reassessment of Christian/Islamic relations during the First Crusade, combating its representation as an inter-faith clash of civilizations.

Syria in Crusader Times Book

Syria in Crusader Times


  • Author : Carole Hillenbrand
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474429726

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Syria in Crusader Times Excerpt :

Presenting numerous interconnected insights into life in Greater Syria in the twelfth century, this book covers a wide range of themes relating to Crusader-Muslim relations. Some chapters deal with various literary sources, including little-known Crusader chronicles, a jihad treatise, a lost Muslim history of the Franks, biographies, letters and poems. Other chapters look at material culture, from coins to urban development, internal relations between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims and between Crusader and Oriental Christians, and the role of the Turkmen. New insights into the career of Saladin are revealed, for example through the work of a little-known propagandist at his court, and Saladin's use of gift-giving for political purposes, as well as neglected aspects of the rule of his family dynasty, the Ayyubids, which succeeded him. Special attention is paid to the Christians residing in the Middle East, from Italians to Melkites and Armenians.

Crusade 2 0 Book

Crusade 2 0


  • Author : John Feffer
  • Publisher : City Lights Books
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN 10 : 9780872865457

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Crusade 2 0 Excerpt :

Examines why anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise and offers ways to defuse the intolerance.

The Race for Paradise Book
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The Race for Paradise


  • Author : Paul M. Cobb
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2014-07-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191625244

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The Race for Paradise Excerpt :

In 1099, when the first crusaders arrived triumphant and bloody before the walls of Jerusalem, they carved out a Christian European presence in the Islamic world that remained for centuries, bolstered by subsequent waves of new crusades and pilgrimages. But how did medieval Muslims understand these events? What does an Islamic history of the Crusades look like? The answers may surprise you. In The Race for Paradise, we see medieval Muslims managing this new and long-lived Crusader threat not simply as victims or as victors, but as everything in-between, on all shores of the Muslim Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria. This is not just a straightforward tale of warriors and kings clashing in the Holy Land - of military confrontations and enigmatic heroes such as the great sultan Saladin. What emerges is a more complicated story of border-crossers and turncoats; of embassies and merchants; of scholars and spies, all of them seeking to manage this new threat from the barbarian fringes of their ordered world. When seen from the perspective of medieval Muslims, the Crusades emerge as something altogether different from the high-flying rhetoric of the European chronicles: as a diplomatic chess-game to be mastered, a commercial opportunity to be seized, a cultural encounter shaping Muslim experiences of Europeans until the close of the Middle Ages - and, as so often happened, a political challenge to be exploited by ambitious rulers making canny use of the language of jihad.

The Crusades Book
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The Crusades


  • Author : Thomas Asbridge
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-03-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 784
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061981364

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The Crusades Excerpt :

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)—covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge’s book is a magnificent epic of Holy War between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.

The Crusades  Christianity  and Islam Book

The Crusades Christianity and Islam


  • Author : Jonathan Riley-Smith
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 125
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231146258

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The Crusades Christianity and Islam Excerpt :

Claiming that many in the West lack a thorough understanding of crusading, Jonathan Riley-Smith explains why and where the Crusades were fought, identifies their architects, and shows how deeply their language and imagery were embedded in popular Catholic thought and devotional life.

The Book of the Jihad of  Ali ibn Tahir al Sulami  d  1106  Book

The Book of the Jihad of Ali ibn Tahir al Sulami d 1106


  • Author : Niall Christie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317040118

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The Book of the Jihad of Ali ibn Tahir al Sulami d 1106 Excerpt :

In 1105, six years after the first crusaders from Europe conquered Jerusalem, a Damascene Muslim jurisprudent named ’Ali ibn Tahir al-Sulami (d. 1106) publicly dictated an extended call to the military jihad (holy war) against the European invaders. Entitled Kitab al-Jihad (The Book of the Jihad), al-Sulami’s work both summoned his Muslim brethren to the jihad and instructed them in the manner in which it ought to be conducted, covering topics as diverse as who should fight and be fought, treatment of prisoners and plunder, and the need for participants to fight their own inner sinfulness before turning their efforts against the enemy. Al-Sulami’s text is vital for a complete understanding of the Muslim reaction to the crusades, providing the reader with the first contemporary record of Muslim preaching against the crusaders. However, until recently only a small part of the text has been studied by modern scholars, as it has remained for the most part an unedited manuscript. In this book Niall Christie provides a complete edition and the first full English translation of the extant sections (parts 2, 8, 9 and 12) of the manuscript of al-Sulami’s work, making it fully available to modern readers for the first time. These are accompanied by an introductory study exploring the techniques that the author uses to motivate his audience, the precedents that influenced his work, and possible directions for future study of the text. In addition, an appendix provides translations of jihad sermons by Ibn Nubata al-Fariqi (d. 985), a preacher from Asia Minor whose rhetorical style was highly influential in the development of al-Sulami’s work.

Ibn  Asakir of Damascus Book

Ibn Asakir of Damascus


  • Author : Suleiman A. Mourad
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-08-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780861540464

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Ibn Asakir of Damascus Excerpt :

‘Ali ibn ‘Asakir (1105–1176) was one of the most renowned experts on Hadith and Islamic history in the medieval era. His was a tumultuous time: centuries of Shi‘i rule had not long ended in central Syria, rival warlords sought control of the capital, and Crusaders had captured Jerusalem. Seeking the unification of Syria and Egypt, and the revival of Sunnism in both, Ibn ‘Asakir served successive Muslim rulers, including Nur al-Din and Saladin, and produced propaganda against both the Christian invaders and the Shi‘is. This, together with his influential writings and his advocacy of major texts, helped to lay the foundations for the eventual Sunni domination of the Levant – a domination which continues to this day.

God s Wolf  The Life of the Most Notorious of all Crusaders  Scourge of Saladin Book
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God s Wolf The Life of the Most Notorious of all Crusaders Scourge of Saladin


  • Author : Jeffrey Lee
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2017-08-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393609707

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God s Wolf The Life of the Most Notorious of all Crusaders Scourge of Saladin Excerpt :

“[Jeffrey Lee] brings a blockbuster sensibility to this slice of the 12th century Levant.”—Dan Jones, Sunday Times (UK) In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to a man who had been dead for 800 years. Born in twelfth-century France and bred for violence, Reynald de Chatillon was a young knight who joined the Second Crusade and rose through the ranks to become the preeminent figure in the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, chief foe of the Muslim leader Saladin, and one of the most reviled characters in Islamic history. In the West, Reynald has long been considered a minor player in the crusading saga, and is often dismissed as a bloodthirsty maniac who brought disaster on his fellow crusaders. However, by using contemporary documents and original research, Jeffrey Lee overturns this popular perception and questions other prejudices about the crusades that underlie modern misunderstandings of the Middle East. God’s Wolf shows how the crusader kingdom was brought down by a treacherous internal faction, rather than by Reynald’s belligerence. In fact, despite Reynald’s brutality, Lee argues that he was a strong military leader and an effective statesman, whose actions in the Middle East had a far-reaching impact that endures to this day. An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God’s Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusading era.